EE 211 Circuit I

Summer 2015


This course has an external class page at

All the course contents will be posted onto the internal Blackboard (Bb) site


Dr. Sen-ching “Samson” Cheung

Email:                         sccheung at
Physical Office:          Room 217, Davis Marksbury Building (859-218-0299)

Appointment:             Schedule at


Class Schedule


Class Meetings:          6/11     M        2:00p-2:50p    OHR-53          Course Overview

7/3       F          2:00p-3:30p    TBA                Midterm 1

                                    7/20     M        2:00p-3:30p    TBA                Midterm 2

                                    8/6       Th        2:00p-4:00p    TBA                Final Exam

Online Meetings:        Two times per week on Adobe Connect

                                    Monday           2:00p–2:50p                            Week Overview + Hands-on Lab

                                    Friday             2:00p–3:30p                            Homework Session



Course Description

This course will cover the fundamental laws, principles and analysis techniques for circuit analysis. This skill allows us to understand and design any circuits. Circuit analysis and simulation tools are extremely important to the success of microchip manufacturers like Intel and Texas Instruments. Initial circuit analysis involves only sources and resistors.  Linear systems of equations are used to solve problems during the second phase.  Energy storage elements (capacitors and inductors) are introduced next. Transient analysis of circuits follows and the course ends with sinusoidal steady state problems and complex phasor analysis.


The key to doing well in the course is consistent hard work. Plan on at least 12-15 hours of work outside of class to study course material, work on homework problems and prepare pre-lab assignments. The material builds from fundamental concepts to more advanced analysis techniques. It is critical that students master the fundamentals in order to do well throughout the semester and in the future ECE courses


Hybrid Learning Strategies

This is a VERY INTENSIVE online flipped class. We will begin each week with an online meeting providing an overview of that week material and motivating the learning objectives with a hands-on lab. All students should attempt the lab prior to attending the meeting so as to give ample time for discussions. 

Detailed video lectures, organized into modules of lectures and examples, will be available at the course’s Blackboard site. Students need to go over all modules and complete the online quizzes and homework during the week. At the end of the week, we will meet again online to discuss homework and other problem solving techniques.


But you certainly do not need to wait for the weekly meeting if you have any questions. You are encouraged to (i) email me with any questions, (ii) schedule a physical/on-line meeting with me, or (iii) post the questions on Blackboard’s online forum for the class.



Week 1

(Ch. 1, 2)

Introduction; SI Units; Current and Voltage; Passive Sign Convention; Power Conservation; Basic Circuit Components; Circuit Topology; Ohm’s Law; Kirchoff’s Laws

Week 2

(Ch. 2, 3)

Equivalent Resistance; Nodal Analysis

Week 3

(Ch. 3, 4)

Loop Analysis; Operational Amplifier

Midterm 1

Week 4

(Ch. 5)

Linear System; Superposition, Source Transformation; Thevenin & Norton Theorems; Maximum Power Transfer;

Week 5

(Ch. 6, 7.1-2)

Capacitor & Inductor; Dynamic Systems; Forced and Natural Responses; Differential Equation; First-order Systems

Midterm 2

Week 6

(Ch. 7, 8.1-3))

Second-order Systems; Complex Number; Complex Sinusoids; Phasor Representation;

Week 7

(Ch. 8)

AC Steady State Analysis; Impedance and Admittance; General Nodal & Mesh Analysis; General Equivalent Circuits

Week 8

Course Review



Expected outcomes of student learning

A student who has successfully completed this course should be able to:

1.     Analyze simple resistive circuits including those containing operational amplifiers and controlled sources with loop and nodal analysis.

2.     Compute Thévenin and Norton equivalent circuits.

3.     Analyze direct current circuits containing switches, independent sources, dependent sources, resistors, capacitors, inductors, and operational amplifiers for transient response using loop and nodal analysis

4.     Analyze alternate current circuits with sinusoidal excitation sources for steady-state response using loop and nodal analysis.

5.     Use circuit simulator to compute voltages, currents, transient responses, and sinusoidal steady-state responses.

6.     Build and analyze basic circuits with multi-meter, oscilloscope, and signal generator.


Your grade will be based on:


Attendance of online meetings


Online quizzes (lowest two dropped)


Online homework


Two Midterms


Final Examination





The numerical score is computed using the above weighting system.  The A's will be in the 90's, B's in the 80's, etc., unless, in my opinion, the difficulty of the material/tests justifies curving the grades.  Numerical scores will not be adjusted for external circumstances.  Any requests for reviewing homework/quiz/test grades must be made by the second class period after the homework/quiz/test is returned to you.  Attach a note outlining the grading concern.

Course Policy       

1.      Online meeting

This is the most important component of the course. Your grade will be based on your attendance, participation and the completion of the hands-on lab.

2.      Video lectures

The textbook and the video lectures are the two main sources of course content. You are expected to watch the video lectures on a daily basis.

3.      Online quizzes (Wiley Plus)

These are simple questions that are due after each video lecture. You are expected to complete them on a daily basis. To allow some flexibility in study schedules, they are usually due midnight Thursday. 

4.      Online homework (Wiley Plus)

These are longer homework problems. Some of them require you to provide detailed steps leading to your solutions and/or computer simulations. Our Friday meetings are designed to provide help in doing the homework. They are due midnight Sunday.

5.      Midterm and Final:

Two midterms and a final will be given. No makeup will be given unless the instructor is notified prior to the exam and proper documentation is provided to explain the absence. All exams are closed-book but one doubled-sided cheat sheet is allowed for all tests. Scientific/engineering calculator without networking capability is allowed. All tests will be conducted onsite at UK.

6.      Honor code:

Each student must complete all quizzes, midterms and final exams by her or his own efforts. You may discuss homework with your fellow students at the conceptual level, but must complete all calculations and write-up, from scrap to final form, on your own. Any form of cheating and/or plagiarism on graded material will not be tolerated. Offenses will be prosecuted according to STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES ( 


Distance Learning

To prepare for the unique requirements of distance learning, you need to have access to a webcam, PC and additional software. Information about Distance Learning can be found at UK’s Distance Learning Program ( and UK’s IT Academic Technology Group (

MA 114

Solving system of linear equations; Trigonometric, Exponential and Logarithm functions; Basic differentiation and integration; Polar coordinates and basic complex numbers; Okay to take concurrently

PHY 232, 242

Electricity, Magnetism and Light; Okay to take concurrently


Required Material

Every student must have the following material (no sharing please):



Laptop/Tablet to be used in class

Windows 7 or up. For Mac User, you will need to setup a virtual machine running windows 7 or up based on this instruction.


Circuits 10e Editor’s Choice Edition with WileyPLUS for Blackboard by Irwin (price: $126.50 with hard-copy text, $92.50 without). This book will also be used in EE221.

Scientific calculator w/o network

Must have capability for solving system of linear equations and complex number manipulation. I like TI 36X-Pro. It cannot have any networking capability to be used during the exams. 

Lab Kit and Simulation Tool

Digilent Analog Discovery ($99) + NI Multisim ($9.95) + Analog Parts kit ($49.99) needed for homework and laboratory assignment. This kit will be used in EE221, EE222, and many other analog electronics courses all the way to capstone design.

Digital Multimeter

I personally use this, which includes alligator clips (very handy) and a temperature probe (price: ~$40)



Academic Accommodations:

If you have a documented disability that requires academic accommodations in this course, please make your request to the University Disability Resource Center. The Center will require current disability documentation. When accommodations are approved, the Center will provide me with a Letter of Accommodation which details the recommended accommodations. Contact the Disability Resource Center, Jake Karnes, Director at 8592572754 or

Sen-ching Samson Cheung

Last modified: 6/11/2015